Federal prosecutors decline to take Postal Regulatory Commission case


It looks like the end of the road for a long-lived inquiry into possible misappropriation of funds by a (now former) Postal Regulatory Commission employee.

In a new activity report covering the six-month period from October through March, the PRC’s inspector general said he referred the case to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, who declined to prosecute. The matter dates back to a 2008 IG audit related to bookkeeping practices at the commission, a five-member panel that oversees the U.S. Postal Service.

Among other no-nos, auditors flagged a non-interest-bearing checking account containing almost $192,000. That came as a surprise to commission managers, who thought the account had been closed a year earlier. While no money had been withdrawn, “the funds were at increasing risk of misuse and were not available for other PRC purposes,” the inspector general said in the audit. Following the finding, the commission shut down the account and sent the money to the Postal Service Fund, where it was supposed to have gone all along.

The employee, who was not named in the report, retired in 2009, PRC spokeswoman Ann Fisher said today. She declined further comment.



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